I have been an enthusiastic supporter of Ted Cruz and Rand Paul for years now. They have both proven themselves to be principled conservatives rather than tools of the Party establishment. I started off this election season as a fierce Cruz supporter and dreamed of a Cruz/Paul victory ticket in November. But then Donald Trump showed us that a populist could break the accepted rules and knock the presumed nominee out of the race. He electrified the race in ways that we hadn’t seen on the Republican side in decades.
As we watched him destroy the presidential aspirations of Rick Perry, Marco Rubio, and Jeb Bush we realized that he might be capable of beating anyone. Why couldn’t he do to Clinton what he did to the GOP establishment candidates? The GOP primary race changed from simply picking who would lose to Hillary into realizing that Donald could actually win this election. We watched as Trump called out Jeb Bush for not only being “low-energy,” but for also being a puppet of the donor-class. Does anyone really think that Hillary will fare any better when confronted with that level of pugnaciousness? With her history of corruption and the obvious bribes that she’s received from Wall Street for her speaking engagements, he will simply demolish her on the debate stage.
No one in their right mind was saying to themselves a year ago: “Gosh, if only Donald Trump would run for President.” Trump exploded onto the political scene with the “outrageous” idea that the government should actually enforce federal immigration laws. Every time Trump details a policy position the media and establishment figures in both parties go ballistic. They prattle on about how Trump is only saying outrageous things in order to get attention. They don’t understand that his positions are ones that huge portions of the country agree with. Americans want the border secured, they want wage-suppressing illegal aliens deported, they want to get rid of trade policies that have decimated jobs in the manufacturing sector, and they like the idea of a temporary moratorium on migration from the Muslim world.
People who mistake the rise of Donald Trump as a simple cult of personality are misunderstanding what is happening throughout the country. It’s not the outrageousness of his proposals that’s attracting people — it’s the proposals themselves.
Much to the consternation of many of my conservative cohorts, I immediately jumped on the Trump Train. I even bought the friggin hat. But unlike many people, I’m willing to alter my political support based on changing circumstances.
We’ve watched as the professional protesters of the Left have turned their attention to the 2016 primary race. First Black Lives Matter shut down an event where Democratic candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Martin O’Malley were driven off the stage. O’Malley’s viability with the unhinged Democratic electorate was destroyed when he refused to parrot back the group’s chant, and instead said that “Black lives matter, white lives matter, all lives matter.” That’s right — O’Malley’s political career was destroyed because he said that all lives matter. Next, they took over a Bernie Sanders event — they stormed the stage and took the mike away from him. This was not a shining moment for Bernie, he did not look like a capable and resolute leader.
Next, MoveOn.org, Black Lives Matter, International Answer, and a contingent of Bernie supporters started targeting Donald Trump’s rallies. At first they’d show up, cause a stir, yell a few things, and be escorted out. Then they started to get violent when they were told to leave. In January, Trump was told by his security detail that there were reports of people with tomatoes in the crowd intent on hitting him with them. Trump addressed the crowd by saying: “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them… I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.” I don’t have any issue with that. When someone attacks someone else physically they open themselves up to being slapped back in line. In general, I’ve been moderately concerned with Trump’s apparent gleefulness with his ability to rouse the crowd, but I’ve remained faithful because his positions are simply spot on.
When a crazy old coot sucker punched a protester, Trump was blamed for creating a violent climate at his rallies. Trump tried to seem supportive of the old guy even as he decried violence and left it open as to whether he’ll pay his legal bills. I think that was a mistake. Trump should have pointed out that he was only offering to pay the legal bills of people stopping violent acts — not those who sucker-punch non-violent agitators. But I stood by Trump nonetheless.
Earlier this month, the rabid Left took over the streets of Chicago and infiltrated Trump’s campaign rally. There wasn’t much outrage from the media about the violence committed by these “protesters.” They weren’t violent goons — they’re simply demonstrators! Trump did the right thing and canceled the event rather than have anyone get hurt. Despite the anti-Trump narrative in the media, recent polling indicates that people blame the protesters for violence and not Trump.
Talk of stopping Donald Trump in a contested convention continues to be floated by Party elite. Scott Walker is predicting an open convention and proposes that they might chose a nominee who isn’t even running. John Kasich is still in the race despite the fact that he mathematically cannot win the nomination — even if he was to win every single delegate from this point forward. Kasich is quite open in saying that he wants to stop Trump, and hopes to secure the nomination in the convention itself. The idea that the Party would take the nomination from the front runner does not sit well with the voting base. Trump was asked what would happen if he didn’t get the 1,237 delegates necessary to win on the first ballot and the Party attempted to deny him the nomination. He said:
“I think we’ll win before getting to the convention, but I can tell you, if we didn’t and if we’re 20 votes short or if we’re 100 short and we’re at 1,100 and somebody else is at 500 or 400, because we’re way ahead of everybody, I don’t think you can say that we don’t get it automatically… I think it would be — I think you’d have riots. I think you’d have riots. I’m representing a tremendous, many, many millions of people.
If you disenfranchise those people and you say, well I’m sorry but you’re 100 votes short, even though the next one is 500 votes short, I think you would have problems like you’ve never seen before. I think bad things would happen, I really do. I believe that. I wouldn’t lead it but I think bad things would happen.”
I am perfectly comfortable with meeting violence with violence — I’m by no means a pacifist. I really believe that the Left must be completely insane if they think that they’d prevail in a street brawl with the voting base of the GOP. While I might have gone to a Trump rally in order to lend a hand with repelling Left-wing thugs, I am not comfortable with Trump actually threatening riots. Don’t get me wrong, there most likely will be violence in the streets if the convention tries to deny the front runner the nomination — but it is inappropriate to threaten as much when you’re running for the presidency.
So… what do I do? The answer I’ve settled on has been gift-wrapped and handed to me by the corrupt Democratic Party machine in Jersey City. I originally registered as an unaffiliated voter when I moved here in 2012. On a local primary election day, I registered as a Republican at the polling station and cast my ballot. Several months later, I received an official notice that I was a registered Democrat. Did my Republican primary vote count? Who knows? What I do know is that I can vote in the Democratic Primary in June and I’m voting for that Socialist nut-job from Brooklyn… Bernie Sanders.
I said a year ago that I’d vote for any random loon in a Satan costume over Hillary, and I meant it. I cannot in good conscience vote affirmatively for Trump in the Republican primary. Instead I’ll be voting against Hillary in both the Democratic primary and in the general election. It is more likely than not that Hillary and Donald will be their respective parties’ nominees, and in November I’ll wind up voting for the Republican over Hillary — be it Trump or anyone else.
I’m saving my Trump hat for the general election.